Who says you need to travel far and wide to discover new adventures? Stay right here, take a break from the work week, and uncover all there is to do in Geauga County!
Monday: Fun in the sun!
Celebrate discounted prices at Pioneer Waterland & Dry Fun Park, 10661 Kile Rd, Chardon, OH. Glide down the speed and spiral slides or float on the lazy river—the choice is yours! Tot-land, Kidsland, or Sportsland include fun and games for every age and activity level. If you wish to stay dry, practice at the golf driving range or challenge yourself at the pitching cages, miniature golf course, and basketball hoops. Order discounted tickets online.
If you’d rather begin the week quietly stretched out in your backyard lawn chair . . . catch up on your summer reading! The Geauga County Public Library, has more than 500,000 books and e-books available for loan. Visit one of the six libraries in Bainbridge, Chardon, Chesterland (Geauga West) and Middlefield, Newbury, or Thompson.
Tuesday: Sample local sweets. . . or make your own!
Tour the Buckeye Chocolate Company factory in Newbury or stop in the store to sample chocolate confections. Schedule a tour, verify store hours, or learn more about the new café location on their website. For more chocolate, truffles and fudge are favorites at White House Chocolates in Middlefield. Visit the candy kitchen and discover the fudge flavor of the day.
If you prefer to improve your cooking techniques or learn a new recipe, enroll in a cooking class! Cleveland Magazine labeled The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking at 8613 Mayfield Road in Chesterland “the best cooking school in Cleveland.” The school offers classes for beginners and experienced chefs and every level in between. The summer schedule is full of choices available several days of the week.
Wednesday: Enjoy a concert in the park. . . or meet friends on the patio.
Unfold your lawn chair and listen to the swing, bluegrass, jazz, and big band sounds at the Chester Township Park Gazebo. The West Geauga Kiwanis and Chester Township Park Commission sponsor a different band each Wednesday from July 9 through August 13, 7-9 p.m.
Another option is to meet friends at Sharon James Cellars on Route 87 in Newbury. Wednesday through Saturday the cellars open for both indoor and outdoor seating for appetizers, dinner, and drinks. Relax on the patio, listen to live music, or enjoy yoga and wine. Explore the hours and events online.
Thursday: Discover paranormal activity. . . . or run the other way!
Uncover the tales of strange happenings at Punderson Manor in Newbury each Thursday June through October. Enjoy a pre-tour dinner or simply join the fun on the Punderson Haunted and History Tour. Tours begin in front of the Manor House at 8:30 p.m. and end with ghost stories at the fireplace or bonfire. Dinner reservations are required, 440-564-9144, ext. 401.
If ghost stories scare you, exercise may help. Train to run a 5K! The Geauga County Park District’s 20 parks offer plenty of trails to explore—there’s no need for a treadmill. Train now and participate in Chardon Tomorrow’s first-ever Brewfest 5k Run for Suds, Saturday, September 13. Plan to run the race; participation in the Brewfest is optional. Learn more about the Chardon race online.
Friday: Taste fresh food at the farm market. . . . or search for treasure!
The Chardon Square Farm Market is open 4-8 p.m. Friday’s from June through September. The market offers much more than fresh fruit and vegetables. Stop by to see fresh cut flowers, soaps, garden art and other local goodies. Visit the market, mingle, and stay to enjoy music in the square!
While the farmer’s market offers the fresh and new, antique shops and resale stores specialize in old standbys. There are plenty of places to discover a piece of history: Antiques on the Square (Chardon), Auntie’s Antique Mall (Parkman), Country Collections (Middlefield), Spring Street Antiques (Burton) . . . search the list at this site.
Saturday: Ride in an Amish buggy. . . . or create something new!
Beginning each May, Ma and Pa’s Gift Shack (actually a log cabin built in the 1820s) coordinates authentic Amish buggy and surrey rides between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Experience firsthand the bumps in the road, field, and woods. Reservations are required.
Perhaps you are familiar with buggy rides and want to try something new: visit Hansel’s Locally Blown Glass gallery on the square in Burton, open Thursday through Saturday. The eye-catching colors and flowing shapes may inspire you! If you are eager turn up the summer heat, ask Daneal or Doug Hansel about creating your own work of art in their glass blowing studio.
Sunday: Walk, run, or bike the Maple Highlands Trail. . . . or trace the path of nature!
Park your car at one of these Geauga parks: Big Creek, Mountain Run Station, or Headwaters Park; then get moving! The Maple Highlands Trail, is 12.4 miles of asphalt pathway perfect for all levels of dog walkers, bikers, and inline skaters. Download the trail map to plan your perfect outing.
Another option is to explore a broader view of movement in nature at the Something’s Afoot: Nature Just Can’t Stay Put exhibit at West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township. The exhibit is open through August from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and highlights topics such as seed dispersal, rock formations, and the water cycle.